For those of you not on my e-mail list, I wanted to share an article that recently came out in Health & Healing magazine. “Shamanic Healing: When All Else Failed for Chronic Pain” describes one man’s experience searching for treatment to relieve significant back pain. It’s quite short so I won’t describe it, but here’s a brief introduction and you can read more if you like.
“As a shamanic practitioner since the mid-1990s, I’ve seen many difficult cases and instances of remarkable healing. One of my clients had an experience with chronic pain that illustrates the power of the work and is an example of why I’m grateful to be in this field. Ernie Schoenfeld has a doctorate in public health. He has worked at the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for over 30 years in various positions, including Senior Associate Dean and Lecturer in the Department of Health Policy and Administration, and is currently Senior Advisor to Dean Roper.
About six years ago, Dr. Schoenfeld got up from a rowing machine with “unbelievable pain” in his left leg. He could barely stand up. Over-the-counter medication didn’t help, so he went to his doctor who gave him other medications. He said, “I took those for a short time and there was no effect whatsoever. The pain was so bad, I could neither lie down comfortably nor walk without extreme agony.”
Over the next several weeks, Dr. Schoenfeld methodically sought relief from medical professionals—including an orthopaedist, who ordered an MRI that showed severe stenosis and scoliosis. The doctor suggested surgery would be difficult to perform and unlikely to bring lasting relief.
Dr. Schoenfeld recalls the doctor saying: “You are just going to have to learn to live with this.”
Wishing you a peaceful heart,